Holiday Time Tips For Healthy Smiles

Don’t worry – staying on top of preventive care during the holiday season is not as difficult as it sounds. Your little one will, of course, be tempted by a seemingly endless supply of goodies that are full of sugar. The good news is that you don’t need to feel overwhelmed by this fact (or any other oral health concerns that have begun popping into your brain). By keeping some simple preventive options in mind, you can allow your child to have a wonderful holiday season while maintaining a healthy smile.

Don’t Eat That Pie On Its Own

When you isolate sugary treats, you allow your child’s mouth (and your own!) to become completely coated with sugar. The bacteria in your mouth feed on these particles, which results in an oral environment that becomes acidic and dangerous for your tooth enamel. Rather than creating special dessert time, eat that pie (or other sweet treat) during your meal. Other foods will help offset the sugars for a less harmful eating experience. (Note: This approach is always a helpful preventive care option for healthy smiles).

Take This Break To See Us

Finally! It is holiday time – you have all the time in the world to schedule appointments for your child. Use this time wisely and include a preventive care visit (or anything else your child needs) while your child is out of school for the winter break.

Add A Holiday Theme To Brushing Time

Do you have very young children? If so, holiday time can be a great time to reinvigorate those brushing sessions. Add a special holiday theme, which could include purchasing holiday-colored or printed toothbrushes or toothpaste. You might also turn on holiday music while you brush and floss for a cozy experience.

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